Vivienne Westwood
The Dame of Punk

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood, the well known fashion designer who has changed the face of design over the last 40 years, shocked the world with her punk aesthetic. She married and worked with Malcolm McClaren, manager of The Sex Pistols, opened a store on Kings Road called Let it Rock and that was when her design career began. Over the years she has both broken boundaries and remained committed to a history of design and fashion—Westwood has reinvented fashion objects, re-contextualizing them, changing their meaning and commenting on established British traditions (both of aesthetic and class). Along with that, she has been embraced by the British establishment even though she was so anti-establishment during the early part of her career. Now she has a show called Vivienne Westwood: 36 years in Fashion. When entering the exhibit, you feel like you're entering into the beautiful mind of the Dame herself.